Aida's Secrets

Alon and Shaul Schwarz directed this intimate Israeli documentary centered on their uncle, Izak Szewelwicz, and his knotty relationship with his biological family. Born in a German displaced persons camp in 1945, Szewelwicz was adopted by an Israeli family when he was a baby, but he kept in touch with his Polish mother, who had emigrated to Canada. Only in his late 60s did he learn that his mother had a second son, who had also emigrated to Canada. Over the course of the documentary, Szewelwicz meets his brother and they confront their mother in hope of learning more about their family history. The directors mine plenty of sentiment from the fraternal reunion, though the film ends on a somber note when the mother refuses to divulge her painful wartime experience. In English and subtitled Hebrew.